bloomberg He’s one of many farmers battling for survival after a heatwave and drought swept across northern parts of the continent, damaging crops from wheat to barley. Many German growers could go bankrupt if they suffer another crop failure, and too much rain in France is set to reduce output there. All combined, it’s shaping up to be the bloc’s smallest grains harvest in six years.
Monday, July 16, 2018
- Continued rapid growth of Islamic State
- Agriculture disasters from heat
- Debt defaults
- Sudden mass unemployment
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Reports differ on how many people have been killed in riots — at least two, three or seven — that happened over the last weekend. Demonstrators reportedly blocked roads, burned tires and vandalized shops.
The government announced on Friday, July 6 that prices would go up the following day by 38 percent for gasoline, 47 percent for diesel and 51 percent for kerosene.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
scientificamerican.com But searing daytime highs were not the only feature of the unusual heat wave. As temperatures stayed sultry throughout the night, they posed a threat to human health because the body is less able to recover from the heat of the day.
Sunday, July 8, 2018
resourceinsights Now here is what peak oil thinkers couldn't foresee: That investors would subsidize the production of vast amounts of oil rather than seeking a return on their capital and that they would do this year after year even in the face of the obvious financial evidence. Essentially, Wall Street has been subsidizing the consumption of oil on Main Street.Ask yourself, did the bank bailout not also defy all economics? Of course, the tight-oil investors are backed by implicit bailout guarantees. Why? They are investing in the whole American system.
Friday, July 6, 2018
ecowatch.com The U.S. wasn't the only country where typically milder climes faced scorching heat. In Canada, Montreal recorded its highest temperature since it began keeping records 147 years ago. Thermometers rose to 97.9 degrees on July 2, and the city also suffered its most extreme midnight combination of humidity and heat. The heat wave in Eastern Canada has turned deadly, killing at least 19 people in Quebec, 12 of them in Montreal, RTE reported Thursday.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
So far, all they got is one professor who keeps asserting there is no empirical evidence that fare-free transport reduces driving.
We have a whole blog of evidence. Ridership up, unit costs down, people happy.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Tverberg Of the 252 million tons of oil equivalent (MTOE) energy consumption added in 2017, wind added 37 MTOE and solar added 26 MTOE. Thus, wind and solar amounted to about 25% of total energy consumption added in 2017. Fossil fuels added 67% of total energy consumption added in 2017, and other categories added the remaining 8%.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Tallinn - Mr Savisaar said the European Union institutions are monitoring the experience of Tallinn and other cities that have transferred to free public transport with a serious interest and they very often ask at international forums why does Tallinn offer public transport for free.
“Actually, it would be more appropriate to ask why the majority of the cities in the world still do not provide free public transport. How to justify the subsidy rate reaching 60-70 per cent and sometimes even higher paid from the public budget for a public service, which due to its cost is still not available for many people. If we considered public transport worthy of such a subsidy, we must ensure that all people wishing to use it could do so,” Mr Savisaar said.
On the example of Tallinn, it could be said that, above all, public transport gives new opportunities for people with average and low income. “The employment rate in the city has improved, as free transport extends the area of job search in the city. The fact has at least the same important side for the employers as well – finding the potential required labour is cheaper and they need fewer investments in parking spots for private vehicles.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
A lot of people think that as long as the middle class has some rights there is hope to turn things around.
But very few understand that the US is locked in to a liquid fuel system. The economics of unwinding trillions of dollars worth of fixed, hard, autosprawl assets do not compute. Even a financial crash would not be enough.
This is the power behind the racism and inequality. As long as a significant number of people see the leafy suburb as a goal. There will be no relief.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
NYT In places like Nashville, Koch-financed activists are finding tremendous success.
Early polling here had suggested that the $5.4 billion transit plan would easily pass. It was backed by the city’s popular mayor and a coalition of businesses. Its supporters had outspent the opposition, and Nashville was choking on cars.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wikispooks Discounting the Official Narrative as the absurdity it so clearly is, there are just two organisations on the entire planet with the expertise, assets, access and political protection necessary to have both executed 9/11 and effected its cover-up to date (ie the means). Both are Intelligence Agencies - the CIA and the Israeli Mossad whose motives were arguably the most compelling. Those motives dovetailed perfectly with the Neocon PNAC agenda, with it's explicitly stated need for "...a catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor"  in order to mobilise US public opinion for already planned wars, the effects of which would be to destroy Israel's enemies.Agree or disagree but be informed. A word to the wise, there are a lot of "crazies" putting out theories. They are likely red herrings, things for you to chase and find nothing. Just skip over and look for what makes sense to you.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WaPo: Because the District doesn’t have a fleet of yellow school buses, students ride public transit free. Still, they have to tap their DC One cards to board Metrorail or buses so the city can monitor how many are using the system, which helps the agency qualify for more federal funding.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Are you confused even after searching social media for truth?
Start with energy. Energy runs everything. The cheaper the energy the more they fight over it. Economics is subservient.
In economics profits run everything. It's hard to find profits now, the masses have been impoverished and demand is falling. This increases the wars for cheaper energy. Politics is subservient.
In the elites, the banks are on top. They use nations for their military power. Fights between nations are rivalry, not class struggle.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
conversation : "The biggest drawback to free public transport schemes is the lack of funds from fares to cover maintenance and upgrades. "Another attack on fare-free transit. It takes a lot of "education" and "academic research" for these trolls to come up with the old "we need the money" bs.
It's a matter of accounting. Bus systems are considered money-losers because the true cost of the auto system is never considered. The auto-system requires billions in subidy and maintenance and has billions more in negative consequences.
One would think an "academic" would be able to see the big picture.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
more demand for buses and trams
better frequency of service
more room in the city
people move to town, sell car
people see education, not children, as security
birth rate falls
shift in living to walkable areas
bicycling becomes safe
habits shift to walking and cycling
falling birth rate virtuous cycle
oil wars end
Sunday, May 27, 2018
The style of propaganda has changed, but the essence remains.
To support oneself by donations, a pundit must be very well known. If known to the public, then known to empire.
Since loved ones are always hostages, these pundits are not going to stray from the false narratives.
Don't expect much from them.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
In spite of declarations to the contrary, bombing has resulted in creating more supporters.
There is a better way.
Get off oil and stop the war on Islam.
There is an easy path to do this. For only $30B/year, the US could make urban buses fare-free. Free buses would lead to more buses, which would lead to better service frequency. The grip of subsidized autosprawl would be broken.
Monday, May 21, 2018
No country has ever before looked to abolish fares all day, every day, across such a large area."
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Shouldn't every parking lot get a #solar upgrade like this one? https://t.co/JJxrN7Ccbz— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) May 19, 2018
We want panels not pipelines. RT if you agree.#ActOnClimate #cdnpoli #bcpoli #StopKM #renewables pic.twitter.com/32lUvfozy1
Friday, May 18, 2018
But who can stop such a power?
Common people can, and common people are.
People just can no longer afford the wasteful sprawl-and-baby system. As more cities have fare-free buses and trams, people urbanize and find they need education and healthcare more than farm hands.
Instead of the leafy suburb, we can offer the carfree, permaculture city.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
To be clear, this relationship is not between energy and yearly economic output or GDP, nor is it to the more restrictive view of wealth as physical capital that can be found in traditional economic models. Instead, the constant relates current energy consumption to the summation of production not just over one year -- the GDP -- but over all of time. This quantity has a fixed relationship to current energy consumption that is independent of the year that is considered. As of 2010, civilization was powered by about 17 trillion Watts of power which supported about 2352 trillion dollars of collective global wealth. In 1970, civilization was younger, and both quantities were smaller by more than half. In the interim, energy consumption and wealth grew in tandem, but at variable rates that increased slowly from 1.4% per year to 2.2% per year. "
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Lately a big coup for Russia has been the fake left coming out in support of the Syria regime.
Now Russia has to pull back on Iran's leash. This will reduce Syria regime cannon fodder and speed up the partitioning of Syria among Turkey, Russia, and US. All three are busy looking for a replacement for Assad that keeps the murderous "security" structure in place.
Fake left will have to rewrite their theses.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
- Physics is bigger than economics.
- Economic growth is destroying the biosphere.
- There are two main classes of people.
- The wealthy are rivals of each other, not enemies.
- The automobile and sprawl are the engine of overshoot.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Monday, May 7, 2018
The US has allied with every thug imaginable to get control of it.
They tried to use Iran for "boots on the ground." As with every other plan, this has not worked, and has created more problems for the US.
Will there be war with Iran? No. Will there be a US - Russia war? No.
Proxy fighting will continue.
Massacre of civilians, especially Muslims, will continue.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Capitalism provides us with "opposition" leaders that they control. On this blog, we try to expose them and their tricks.
One sign of a fake radical is the use of the word "white" as in "white privilege, white supremacy," etc.
This reinforces the idea of race. First, it implies that there is such a thing as race. [There is no such thing.] Second, it implies that people believe things because of their color [race]. Third, it pushes poor white people to the right.
By allowing this wording, we set ourselves up to be fooled. It also is a capitulation to oppression, by implying that if the oppressor were a different color, all would be well. Racism is a strong tool of capitalist oppression. Fake radicals are trying to keep it strong by using word trickery.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
There's no such thing as a free ride - Future Rail | Issue 61 | May 2018: "But how did the city make the scheme work financially?
....estimated loss of around KRW3.6bn ($3.2m) a day,
....the scheme wouldn’t be feasible on a permanent basis, as it struggles with limited capacity and could not afford to cover the cost of increased service.."The autosprawl system is heavily subsidized. This subsidy is not accounted in city budgets, or is listed as something else. Do a thought experiment. What costs would go down, or go away, if there were many fewer, or no cars in your city.
This blog shows some of the subsidy.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Whoever controls this oil has great power over the world economy.
The US desperately wants and needs that control. Bombing and puppet governments have not worked. Why? Because Islam.
Islam is incompatible with corporate capitalism because it prohibits charging interest on debt, and also prohibits oppression and poverty.
So who does that leave for US to use for boots on the ground. Here's what they tried.
- US troops
- Bribed Islamic tribal leaders
- KRG nationalists
- PKK terrorists
- Iran-backed militias
- VSO mercenaries
- you can probably add more
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018
In its twelve chapters, this book explores the winning strategies and pitfalls of case studies ranging across the United States, Montreal, Toronto, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Poland, China, and Mexico. As much a manifesto as a guide, this explosive book, the first ever on the topic in English, is written for those who want to truly revolutionise their city and move it forward."
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Energy runs economics. The most useful energy is oil. There is a large reserve of easy-to-drill oil under Kirkuk, Iraq.
The world powers have been fighting through proxies to get control of that oil.
The US has no friends left on the ground in the region, and has made defacto alliance with every thug imaginable.
There is a small fake left, who represent no workers, who are largely correct about US crimes, but simply promote alternative bullies.
A thought experiment.
Pretend you are at the top of elites. Is there a mechanism to find out who among the oppressed will violently oppose you?
Well, you know that if you want to chase bugs away, you provide a scent they don't like. But if you want to kill bugs, you provide something that attracts them, e.g. a bright blue light.
This is Antifa. A bright light to attract and kill.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Saudi Aramco signs contracts worth $10 bln to expand U.S. refining: "Saudi Aramco signed agreements with Honeywell UOP and TechnipFM valued at $US8-10 billion for expanding chemical production and potentially building a complex along the U.S. Gulf coast."There will be no "keep it in the ground" until there are no customers.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
siberiantimes: "The problem is extensive.
‘Based on satellite data, we have marked 7,000 bulges (pingos) - or even more,' he said.
‘It doesn't mean that every pingo carries danger - but it is still clear that we can draw certain conclusions.'
A dozen new craters have been identified in three years. "
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Alternet: "Which leads to the question: Just who is taking public transit on the free days? If those cities’ citizens are anything like New Yorkers, the folks riding for free are probably the same people who would rather walk or ride a bike than pay nearly $3 to get somewhere."Probably? That's all you got. We have a whole library listing the benefits of public transportation. One of the main ones is more physical activity.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Paris mayor proposes free public transport to reduce pollution | KTIC Radio: "Valerie Pecresse, head of the Ile-de-France region around Paris and a member of the Conservative Party, criticized Hidalgo, pointing out that “ticket sales bring in 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) a year.”What is the main objection to the implementation of fare-free public transport? It is the "loss" of revenue from fares. But what is not said is that the reduction in car costs will be far more than the loss of revenue. The list of the externalities, or hidden costs, of the private auto is very long, and represents a lot of money, many millions more that the little bit from payment of public transport fares.
“We need that money,” Pecresse told French Radio Classique, adding that if travelers did not pay, taxpayers would have to do so."
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Ms Hidalgo has launched a study into the feasibility of free city-wide transport, and told French daily Les Echos she wanted to debate the issue ahead of municipal elections in 2020. She told the paper: "The question of free transport is one of the keys to urban mobility in which the place of the polluting car is no longer central"."
Monday, March 19, 2018
But the regime cannot even conquer its own capital city.
Now the US has to be more aggressive, maybe take it down and install another puppet.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
The idea that using fuels and resources more efficiently leads to greater environmental ruin became known as Jevons Paradox. Oil-fired and electrical driven technologies have honoured the paradox with panache.
Modern economists don’t talk much about Jevons Paradox, but they do admit that the problem exists and refer it to “rebound.” Just when you think you’ve actually solved a problem, shit rebounds on you, they calculate with their math formulas. When energy efficiency wipes out 100 per cent of the energy savings, economists call the rebound a total “backfire.”"
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Now it has spread to the world.
Capitalism has all its eggs in this basket.
They plan to bomb, slaughter, starve, and torture until the whole thing collapses.
Everything else is distraction.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The aim in Tübingen, he says, is twofold: to lower emissions and reduce travel costs for people on low incomes. A municipal memo reportedly put the cost of zero-fee public transport for all at 14.5 million euros ($18 million)."
Recently some major cities have turned to fare-free public transit to reduce pollution. There are many other benefits as well, and mayors are wondering why they can't have them.
But those who profit from the auto system are many and powerful. Sprawled out homes need many more energy-wasting consumer products.
They have launched attacks in the corporate media against fare-free public transit. What is their best argument? They say it doesn't work, that it attracts people who would have walked.
We have a whole library of links that show the many benefits of public transit. There is plenty of evidence that it generates more physical activity. Over 90 percent of bus riders walk to the bus stop.
The anti-transit forces have no legitimate arguments. We even can show that your city will save more money with fare-free public transit than the "lost" revenue.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Now they have miscalculated in MENA and cannot guarantee control over the last of the cheap oil, the oil in Kirkuk.They cannot control the transmission of gas from the Caspian to the markets of South Asia.
They cannot care for their own people. They fear rebellion and are working hard to promote racism and other divisions.
This is what is driving US policy. Ignore the corporate media. Turn off the TV.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
KBS World Radio: "Seoul City has eventually scrapped its fine dust reduction policy of providing free public transport on buses and the subway during rush hour.Free public transport is much more than clean air. It threatens to break the monopoly that the auto has on moving people. When that happens people will no longer tolerate the huge subsidies needed to keep the auto system going.
This comes two months after the measure was first introduced.
The measure was disputed as wasting municipal budget as it cost nearly five billion won a day for the free rides."
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
On such smoggy days, city authorities also plan on banning the use of wood stoves and cutting automotive speed limits by one third."
German Cities Refuse to Launch Free Public Transport - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency: "Five cities in Germany did not approve the idea of providing free public transport to improve air quality, calling it unrealistic, DPA reported."The automobile provides subsidized profit. Even they will sacrifice health and the biosphere to keep them running. They twist into pretzels finding ways to keep the car system going.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Seoul City spends W4.8b to reduce 0.8 ton of fine dust: "The city government spent 14.5 billion won ($13.4 million) to offer free public transportation during morning and evening rush hours on Jan. 15, 17 and 18 as part of emergency measures to combat high levels of fine dust.Corporate media ignores the fact that pollution exists because of subsidy to the auto system. For them, it is ok to spend tax dollars creating pollution, but "too expensive" to do anything that reduces it.
This means it cost the city 4.8 billion won to prevent 800 kilograms of fine dust, or 6 million won per kilogram."
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A recent uptick in oil price caused a sudden correction in the stock market, while borrowed billions are spent on wars to keep the oil coming.
The staged school "shootings" are designed to ramp up racism and division. The elites want to divide us into "liberals" who call for more government control, and "conservatives" who want more guns for racist reasons.
They are working hard at dividing and distracting us. They will need us fighting each other when unemployment is suddenly 30 percent.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
I'm not sure from whence the idea of Fare-Free Transit came to me, but I've since discovered that it not only works but works extremely well when implemented with the same vigour as fare-based systems."
Friday, February 9, 2018
Iran launched an attack on PYD/PKK forces — which the U.S. refers to as the “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)” — in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zour province with the aim of capturing a Conoco gas plant and the Al-Omar oilfield.
The attack reportedly included artillery barrages and rockets."
Thursday, February 8, 2018
E. #Syria: US officials say around 100 pro-Regime forces were killed last night by US Air Force & artillery when they launched an offensive to take strategic Oil Fields from #YPG & #SDF in E. #DeirEzzor. Tanks and vehicles wrecked. pic.twitter.com/DW5x2QbO75— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) February 8, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
This has emboldened Russia and they have allowed their clients to attack a PKK area where US forces are present.
As policy goes from bad to worse, we can expect the US to turn to nuclear weapons soon.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
pipelineoilandgasnews: "Iraqi forces are preparing to launch military action to take control of Hamrin mountain range near the Iran border to secure the transit of Iraqi oil, Reuters reported, quoted officials.
The military operation could start this week, two officials told Reuters.
The area lies between the Kirkuk oil fields and the town of Khanaqin at the Iranian border.
Iraqi oil officials announced in December plans to transport Kirkuk crude by truck to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery."
Monday, February 5, 2018
Those who use public transit don't miss driving. Typically citing convenience and cost, six in 10 riders prefer public transit to other modes of transport.
Americans are giving up their car keys because buses and trains fit seamlessly with the ride-sharing, car-sharing, and bike-sharing services that have revolutionized how we get around.
Consider a survey taken last year of commuters in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Researchers surveyed 4,500 people about their use of public transit, car-shares, bike-shares, and rideshares. They then identified a subset that regularly uses several of these modes of transportation. Nearly six in ten of these "super-sharers" reported that more often than not, they travel on a bus or a train.
These variations of ways to get around -- public transit among them -- are allowing more households to go car-free, or at least car-lite."
Sunday, February 4, 2018
- New York City
- San Fransisco
- Auckland [candidate]
- Hartford [candidate]
- Mexico City
- many more
Friday, February 2, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
The trend also shows that 1.5°C above preindustrial was crossed back in 2016. This 1.5°C (or 2.7°F) was set at the Paris Agreement as a guardrail that was not to be crossed. The trend further shows that we've meanwhile crossed 1.6°C above preindustrial and we look set to cross the 2°C guardrail within years."
Seoul mayor pushes back on critics and reiterates support for #freepublictransport to fight pollution
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Can Free Public Transit Fix South Korea's Smog Problem? - The Atlantic: "The lure of “free,” the report implied, attracted the “wrong” crowd—the “right” crowd, of course, being wealthier people with cars, who aren’t very sensitive to price changes … Free subway rides entice people who would otherwise walk, not people who would otherwise drive."Studies consistently show that this is false. That public transit users actually walk more.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
KMSP : ""All the Chicago and Detroit riff raff who have moved into 'Welfare-apolis', they are going to get on that train and you know where they are going to end up - at The Depot with yours and yours and yours' granddaughters and grandsons," Ivers said during the forum."Reasons for #publictransit. Fight racism.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
WARSAW – The Polish city of Krakow, where high levels of air pollution have been reached in recent winters, offered on Tuesday free public transport to travelers in a bid to reduce the use of private vehicles, local authorities said on Radio Poland.
The city’s government also called on residents to go outdoors as little as possible due to high pollution levels.
Poland has 33 of the 50 most polluted cities in Europe, with worryingly high levels of airborne particles, according to a report by the World Health Organization published in 2017."
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public transport is free during rush-hour as of Monday 15 January, in the hopes that car use will be reduced.
The measures were introduced after the average daily density of ultra-fine dust hit more than 50 micrograms per cubic metre, an amount that is considered harmful."
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
- human activity - moving, building, fixing, fighting, maintaining body temperature
- drying peat
- melting permafrost
- melting clathrates (ocean methane)
- soil emissions from agriculture
- forest destruction reducing co2 capture
- reduced ice melt latency
- reduced ice solar reflection
- tectonic activity from ice melt
- tectonic activity from geothermal energy use
Renewables do abolutely nothing to slow growth. Even without fossil-fuel we will cook the bioshere. Only degrowth reduces both heat and emissions.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The rate of growth, even if it were a steady percent, is still exponential. If emissions grow, for example, 2.3 percent per year, then the amount of carbon in the atmosphere will double every 30 years.
Let's say that emissions are brought to zero. The amount of carbon already emitted is still not being reduced. It stays the same. This is the state which China aspires to reach in 12 years. That means they plan to continue adding carbon until that time.
Many technofixers are saying X reduces carbon emissions. But people read it as X reduces carbon. This needs to be made clear.